THE FA Cup dream is over for Solihull Moors after they dumped out of the historic competition by Worcester City on Tuesday night.
Both sides played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday which forced a replay at the Aggborough Stadium in the third round stage of qualifying, but it was a late Lee Hughes goal deep into stoppage time that broke Moors hearts.
Marcus Bignot fielded an unchanged side from Sunday’s draw, while Worcester made two changes, one of which saw Deon Burton, who was the Worcester hero on Saturday, dropped to the bench.
On a cold evening in Kidderminster, it was the visitors who had the first chance of match after Stefan Moore was played through on goal and although he beat the on-coming keeper with a curling effort, his shot drifted narrowly wide of goal.
Soon after Ryan Beswick shot wide of goal before the hosts eventually got into their stride after ten minutes with Hughes failing to get on the end of a cross from the left.
Gater dispossessed Bryne before unleashing a stinging shot from outside the box, forcing Ben Siegrist into the first of many fine saves.
Geddes forced Siegrist into a smart stop and Nti tried a long speculative effort which the Moors keeper dived low to push around the post.
Liam Daly was foiled by Vaughan from Knights corner with a well timed volley on the half hour mark, and the keeper also produced a great save from Moore’s effort but it remained goalless at the break.
Worcester looked more dangerous after the interval but they came up against a strong Moors back line.
The visitors perhaps should have gone ahead when Beswick cut inside from the left and delivered a low cross which neither Asante or Byrne could find a touch to.
The turning point in the match came when Streete picked up an injury and was forced off after keeping Hughes quiet for most of the evening.
Worcester piled on the pressure with Seigrist producing a string of fine saves, one of which denied Hughes who had made space for a close range volley.
with five minutes of normal time remaining, Beswick curled in a perfect free kick and Gaz Dean headed the ball into the net, but to the anger of the away support the goal was ruled out because of an offise infringement.
The all-important breakthrough finaly came three minutes into added on time. Moors failed to defend a corner and Hughes was able to volley home waht proved to be the winner to break Moors hearts.
It was a first defeat of the season for Moors and they will look to regroup and bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Tamworth in the Vanarama National North.